Assistant Producer, The Brian Lehrer Show

Live Radio Production New York City, New York


Assistant Producer, The Brian Lehrer Show

The Brian Lehrer Show seeks an Assistant Producer to join our small team of dedicated live radio journalists.

The Brian Lehrer Show is WNYC’s beloved daily news and talk show, on-the-air from 10 to noon, Monday through Friday, and available as a podcast all the time.  The show is known for smart and fair interviews, a strong sense of community, and participation on the part of listeners who call-in to engage with Brian Lehrer and guests every day.  For New Yorkers interested in local, regional, and global politics, civic affairs, social justice, and more, the show is a must-listen.  The Brian Lehrer Show also produces live evening specials throughout the year, particularly in response to news and politics.

The Assistant Producer will work closely with the team, and host, Brian Lehrer, to research and pitch stories, book guests, write scripts, engage with listeners and many other tasks that go into making a live daily show, including technical work such as cutting tape. The right candidate is interested in local, regional, and national politics, is engaged in news and pop culture, and uses this knowledge to pitch, book, and prep conversations that generate conversations with our listeners. 


  • Generate ideas for covering the news and encouraging engagement on and off the air
  • Book guests and have ideas for guest bookings
  • Write well-researched questions and scripts for host
  • Help develop web content
  • Assist with technical production
  • Screen calls, engage with listeners on a daily basis
  • Perform a myriad of technical and administrative tasks that go into broadcasting a live daily show such as uploading the show to the web and communicating about the show within the company and externally


  • At least one year of experience in print or broadcast media or a research-driven environment, preferably with some experience in audio
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to successfully collaborate with diverse team of producers 
  • Demonstrated research skills 
  • Interest in local, regional, national, and international news
  • Understanding of  journalism ethics and guidelines surrounding unbiased coverage of public affairs
  • Ability to complete assigned tasks on tight deadlines and to be able to prioritize and handle several projects at once 
  • Ability to easily shift gears between independent and collaborative work and ability to remain calm in a sometimes hectic and stressful live radio environment
  • Strong interest in live radio
  • Ability to work extended hours as needed, and to be on-call for emergencies 

Additional Role Information

This is a full-time non-exempt role with an hourly rate of $33.78-$34.61 ($61,480-$63,000 annualized at 35 hours per week) plus a full benefits package. Compensation offer within this range is determined by skills, experience and organizational pay equity. New York Public Radio offers excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance, vacation, personal and sick time as well as parental leave.

This role operates in a hybrid capacity. Given this role will be on-site, being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is required unless NYPR has approved a specific religious or medical exemption in advance of the first day of work. At this time, NYPR defines being fully vaccinated as having received two Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations or one Johnson and Johnson vaccination.

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between New York Public Radio and SAG-AFTRA. 

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

New York Public Radio is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We continuously strive to place our employees at the center of our thinking and elevate inclusive practices to develop and support a more engaged and productive workforce. Our journalism and operations in the service of that journalism benefit from a broad range of perspectives, from all backgrounds, at all levels of the organization. Diversity is essential to honest, authentic, accurate storytelling and reportage; creating an institution in which all voices are encouraged, valued, and heard.

Equal Opportunity

New York Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving the goal of equal employment opportunity for all. Applicants and employees are considered and evaluated for positions without regard to mental or physical disability, race, creed, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship status, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, employment status or any protected federal, state or local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved.